What better way to spend an international break than to dissect Spurs’ recent revival, which has seen the Lillywhites climb to a share of fourth in the Premier League table.
Tottenham has allowed four goals in as many games, which, at first glance, isn’t a sparkling statistic. But the stat gains considerable credence when one considers half of the goals conceded came at Old Trafford, to one of the world’s lethal attacking arsenals.
Reading scored a late 89th-minute consolation after Spurs had already put the Sept. 16 match beyond any doubt, leaving a single QPR tally for which to answer.
Outscoring opponents 10-4 (not counting the 3-0 League Cup victory versus Carlisle or the two Europa League draws), Spurs look an outfit gleaming with confidence. It seems Andre Villas-Boas’ charm and charisma has unified the squad.
Spurs have outshot opponents by a 35-16 margin and have shared the scoring amongst six players, highlighting their balanced attack. By the way, none of the 10 goals during the streak have come from Emmanuel Adebayor’s boot.
While the unpredictable, capricious striker is yet to find the form his astronomical wages should indicate, talisman Jermain Defoe is pouncing with venom. Forcing his way back into the England fold, the diminutive striker has scored three goals in Spurs’ impressive four-game winning streak.
The runaway train must increase velocity to dismantle their next Premier League opponents. Chelsea, who sit atop the table with a four-point cushion, venture north to White Hart Lane for an all-anticipated titanic clash.
Spurs, with a famous victory, will hop to within two points of their London rivals and acquire the confidence needed to put forth a genuine Champions League challenge.
Below a short clip indicates what kind of hostility Chelsea can expect come Saturday.
Most naysayers have written Tottenham off, but those who do underestimate the power of cohesion, confidence and camaraderie.